Abbrevation: Rubella Ab (IgG)
Sector: Hormone 2
Transport: at 2-8˚c, -20˚c
Storage: 1 week at 2-8˚c for longer time at -20˚c
Test Name: Rubella Antibodies - IgG
Normal Range: Negative<0.9 Borderline>0.9-1.1 Positive:>1.1
To determine if you have had a recent or past infection with the rubella virus, or to check that you are protected from the rubella virus
If you have symptoms of rubella infection or are pregnant and had contact with someone with a rash and are unsure of your vaccination history to rubella.
A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm (this may need to be repeated after 7 days), oral fluid, a throat swab, or other more invasive samples such as amniotic fluid depending on symptoms.
Rubella is a viral infection that causes a fine red rash and flu-like symptoms, such as a high temperature, headache and a general feeling of being unwell. The raised red rash appears first on the face and neck and travels to the body and limbs. Teenagers and adults may experience more severe symptoms, such as joint pains, which may last several weeks. Rubella is usually harmless and the patient gets better without any special treatment, but when a woman gets rubella in the first three months of her pregnancy, serious birth defects, miscarriage, or stillbirth may result.
You may be infected when you come into contact with the nasal or throat secretions of someone who has an active viral infection. If you catch rubella, you are infectious one week before the rash appears and one week after. In children, rubella infections generally produce mild symptoms. The number of new cases of rubella is low in the UK since a combined vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is recommended for all children.
The test, which can be done at any time, will provide the necessary information about a person’s immunity to the virus.